There are few cars that can create those butterflies in the pit of your stomach, but when you’re about to climb in to the most powerful SUV ever, well, those butterflies become hawks! I am, of course, talking about the Grand Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk. Push the Start button and listen to the roar! I am not sure my neighbours were quite as thrilled as I was, however.
Its intimidating demeanor comes not only from its size and stance, but also from what lies beneath the bonnet. That which is a 6.2-litre V8 supercharged engine that produces a whopping 522 kW and 875 Nm of torque. If you wondering how quick that is, well it will get you to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. And when you consider it weighs around 2.4 tonnes, you can just imagine how powerful this beast is.
So much fun can be had in a straight line with this car, especially when using the launch control and perhaps when you switch it to Sport or Track mode (note to self: traction control is disengaged when Track mode is switched on, you might want to turn that back on if you don’t want your backside handed to you). The only time it might not prove as fun is when you want to throw it in to corners. It is, after all, a rather cumbersome fella and so doesn’t inspire much confidence when taking it through sharp and twisty corners at speed.
The interior feels a little outdated. This is the 2017 model, when it was launched. We are waiting on the new Grand Cherokee which we should hopefully see in 2021. And if it is a comfortable drive you are after, I am afraid you won’t find that here. My husband and I took it for a long Sunday drive and let’s just say that he was very happy to get out of it. That could, however, be put down to my driving and the fact that I pushed it every chance I got, but still.
What I find so funny is that there is a 825-watt Harman Kardon high-performance audio system with 19-speakers and two subwoofers. Believe me when I say that you won’t want any music playing over the sound coming out of the exhaust pipes. It is music enough to any petrol head’s ears.
This is the car for those who perhaps live outside of the box. There is a touch of craziness in such a purchase. A craziness I aspire to. I can’t really justify spending close on R2.2 million for a car that can only really be fun on a closed stretch of straight road, but then, when I look at the attention it attracts as well as the smile I had on my face every time I switched it on, I can start to understand the appeal. This car will keep that smile plastered across your face and so if you can afford it, then I say go for it!